Dog Veterinary

Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions

Ask a Dog Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Dog Veterinary

My dog had a head injury and lost her eye. Since then she

Customer Question
doesn't eat, stand or walk...
My dog had a head injury and lost her eye. Since then she doesn't eat, stand or walk. The operation to remove the eye was 11 days ago, and I've been giving her nutri gel because she doesn't eat. She barely moves and just lays there. She won't even get up to go to the toilet. She can lift her head and move it around, but even that looks like she hasn't got full control. She isn't paralysed and can move her legs, but when I've tried to sit her up or stand her up, she looks weak and wobbly and slowly lies back down. I know her blood sugar is fine, because of the nutri gel. The vet doesn't know what's wrong, but I suspect cranial edema. Do you have any other ideas? I read that glycerol can relieve it. If so, how much should I give her, and how? Add it to water, or just drop it straight in her mouth? She is a 9 year old papillon
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Answered in 12 minutes by:
11/7/2015
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19,806
Experience: DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
Verified

Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your dog.

If she hasn't eaten a normal meal in 11 days, this is bad. I would also worry about swelling around the brain. This can eventually resolve, but it can take weeks to months in some dogs.

This would be my approach to the case:

1. Get a feeding tube in her asap. I would put in an esophagostomy tube into the esophagus at the level of the neck. This will allow you to feed her entire nutritional requirements each day. This, to be honest, should have been done 8-9 days ago.

2. Give Mannitol injectably. This is a medication to lower the swelling around the brain. I would give a dose, then repeat in 4-6 hours. If no improvement, then stop at that point. If it seems to help, then I would continue this for 24-48 hours.

3. Physical Therapy- I would do balance exercises, flexing/ extending of joints and controlled/ sling walking. Ideally, this can be done every 4-8 hours. This will help get the muscles and joints moving and help her get on her feet faster.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Suki. How is everything going?
Dr. Gary
Ask Your Own Dog Veterinary Question
Ask Dr. Gary Your Own Question
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19,806
19,806 Satisfied Customers
Experience: DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Gary is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Debbie

Dr. Debbie

Dog Veterinarian

902 satisfied customers

Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

16,087 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Dog Veterinarian

19,806 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dr Scott Nimmo

Dog Veterinarian

9,704 satisfied customers

BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

9,615 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

8,945 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Rebecca

Rebecca

Dog Veterinarian

7,442 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Dog Veterinary Questions
She is walking around with her tail between her legs. I
She is walking around with her tail between her legs. I noticed her vaginal area is irritated … read more
Dr. Nicole
Dr. Nicole
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
237 satisfied customers
My dashound feet are bad. He walks on part of his legs. Now
my dashound feet are bad. He walks on part of his legs. Now his hind legs are not working properly. And he makes noises when he breaths … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
Stiff muscles, can't walk, still can eat (has a good
Stiff muscles, can't walk, still can eat (has a good appetite), still wag tail, but cannot move voluntarily, no bleeding, no smell, was active yesterday … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,608 satisfied customers
My dog is limping. He has had muscle spasms before, but this
My dog is limping. He has had muscle spasms before, but this is different. He is not crying in pain, but when he first gets up from his usual seat on the couch, he limps. He is not putting full weight… read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
Monaco a 7 lb Papillon has been prescribed prednisolone
Monaco a 7 lb Papillon has been prescribed prednisolone Acetate Ophthalmic suspension 1% … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,251 satisfied customers
His right hind leg swollen around the muscle and he is
His right hind leg swollen around the muscle and he is limping … read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,251 satisfied customers
Just researching muscle atrophy to the temporal muscle on
Just researching muscle atrophy to the temporal muscle on left side … read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,248 satisfied customers
I have 150 pound mastiff with a hind leg muscle pull-can a
I have 150 pound mastiff with a hind leg muscle pull-can a dog be given celecoxib which I have on hand-I am a physician… read more
Dr Linda
Dr Linda
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Doctoral Degree
1,248 satisfied customers
She has sores that has pus and they scab ... A papillon
She has sores that has green pus and they scab ... … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
She is notable to stand on her leg. She is not able to walk.
She is notable to stand on her leg. She is not able to walk … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,316 satisfied customers
I have an 8 year old Toy Poodle/Pomeranian with brain
Hi, I have an 8 year old Toy Poodle/Pomeranian with brain cancer, he can't stand or walk and I think it merciful to have him put down. He is traumatized going to the vet.. I wanted it to be as kind fo… read more
Sheena Christensen
Sheena Christensen
Emergency Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
37 satisfied customers
She just now started walking with her back legs shifted to
She just now started walking with her back legs shifted to one side and her tail is also tilted she is 9 years old … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,608 satisfied customers
My great pyrenees has lost muscle mass in her back legs and
Hello, my great pyrenees has lost muscle mass in her back legs and is also having a hard time standing, especially on tile or wood surfaces. … read more
Dr. Altman
Dr. Altman
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
9 satisfied customers
She is on Phenobarbital and steroids for a brain tumor...has
She is on Phenobarbital and steroids for a brain tumor...has had radiation...She is limbing on her one back leg she had TPLO surgery. Can I give her Tramadol for pain with these drugs? She may have a … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,439 satisfied customers
Back leg seems limp, walks a bit then drags leg. Wags tail
Back leg seems limp, walks a bit then drags leg. Wags tail and no pain anywhere she doesnt yelp or whimper we have tried to adjust and massage her legs. Only one leg is eing affected. … read more
Lisa
Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician
Associate Degree
15,468 satisfied customers
My 11 year old russelk dog is walking sideways and eyes are
My 11 year old jack russelk dog is walking sideways and eyes are moving ...he has energy and is playful but is acting as if he is drunk… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
6 year old m agility Papillon. balance fine, eyes,
6 year old m agility Papillon. balance fine, eyes, ears,mouth, limbs appear ok. No touch sensitivity or seizures. He appears extreme … read more
Rebecca
Rebecca
Dog Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
7,442 satisfied customers
Lab speyed 14 months old thigh muscle in right hind leg
lab speyed bitch 14 months old thigh muscle in right hind leg seems under developed. dog walks fine, jumps up to greet, does not want to jump up into car, stands on hind legs ok. Dog walks or runs at … read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,376 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x